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Lesley Ryder

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Don't Pay College Athletes

(224) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 12:15 PM

College athletes will never be paid a salary to play for their school. There are far too many logistical, economic and legal hurdles that would have to disappear before paying students could even become a reality. The numbers from ESPN can be deceiving. It's true that big time sports like...

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How to Cross the Street -- A Beginner's Guide

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 6:33 PM

Welcome to New York City! Whether you're a tourist in town for a few days or a fresh-faced aspiring yuppie in for the long haul, there are a few tips and tricks to learn that will make your stay more enjoyable. You may have already learned how hard it is...

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Welcome to College... Now Get Going!

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 2:01 PM

Congratulations, you've finally made it to college!

The next four years of your life are going to be a fantastic experience. You control what you get out of your time, so get started! Put yourself out there and try something new, whether it's joining the knitting circle or taking...

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Student Debt: Only A Little Scary

(14) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 6:26 PM

With the rising costs of education, student debt seems to be as much a graduation requirement as course credits and thesis projects. Three months ago, I graduated with a degree in Biology, and $41,500 of debt (not including accrued interest). How am I coping? It's simple: pennies pinched, fingers crossed....

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After Hamilton, Chasing a Dream

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 4:10 PM

"But you don't look Hispanic."

By now, I'm quite used to hearing those words. The name "Lesley Ryder" doesn't scream "Puerto Rican/Mexican," but I assure you, I am very Hispanic.

I grew up in Brooklyn, the daughter of divorced parents with my awesome older sister, Stephanie.


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